Biggest Problems/Hindrances

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tylerp, Jan 29, 2001.

  1. tylerp

    tylerp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm a graduate student working on a New Product Development Project at North Carolina State University. I'm trying to get a sense of the industry and the major stumbling blocks that commercial cutters deal with day to day. The goal is to identify one or several of these problems and help to solve them via new products or services.
    Any help identifying these types of issues would be greatly appreciated.
    I'd love to hear your thoughts or concerns.
    Thank you.
    Tyler Patterson
  2. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    maybe a quieter lawn mower,and a redesign of the trimmers,keeping your wrist in the awkward position seems to give me carpal tunnel syn.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    tax, insurance,tax,gas cost,and taxes
  4. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    1.WB's with too narrow of tires
    2.a decent jack that doesnt always seem just about to slip from mower deck as your head is under it
    3. How to remove dried grass stains from house from employee dicharging all over it. (Or cars, boats, etc)
    4. How to bag more than 1/3 bag of wet grass with no clog
    5. Fastest deck cleaning utensil or chem (modeck getting a try this year)
    6. a TRUE mulch kit that doesnt take 10 minutes to take off or put on. Covering the shute will not make a 52" into a mulch. It takes baffles. A peddle for mulch ON/Off would be really cool.(that is for the lazer type mowers of course)

    those are some problems that i dont have an answer for and would make my life easier. I have more, but then it would sound like i was whining.

    Acute Cut
  5. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Messages: 1,671

    Getting on and off the back of a 4x4 dump truck 10 times/day without being injured. It's so easy to slip on a tail gate that's wet or has leaves or grass clipping stuck to it.
    Trying to take sticks out from under the mower deck while the blades are still on. Just kidding bout that one!

  6. tlcgrounds

    tlcgrounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    I am finding the transition from sole propreitor to employeris very difficlut. A lot of variables and endless new situiations to sort through and try to prevent. Personally I like to work and not to babysit adults. I am so active I could run circles around a lazer with pushmower. If you can slove this than you are the man!!
  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    There has been no real attempt by anyone in the industry to produce a true mulching mower. I always read "mulching" as side discharge, with occcasional dropping of the discharge chute for safety or aesthetics . It will only be a matter of time before a few children or motorists are injured seriously or killed by this practice, and laws will be passed restricting use of side discharge by commercial mowers. It is just too difficult to safely MULCH grass is many areas of the country.

    Attempts at making a mulching mower have centered on modifying the rotary mower - it's always easier to modify an existing system or machine, than start from scratch. But no modification of the scythe beats the reel mower, and no modification of the reel mower beats the rotary mower for economic productivity. A real mulching mower will probably be another step like these, but it will have to be done by someone with an open mind. Maybe a mowing system with two separate chambers: one chamber to lift, cut and direct the debris to the second mulching chamber, which will finely chop and safely drop the clippings.
  8. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    try an Exmark. Probably as close as you will get with todays technology to a "perfect" mulching mower.

    At least myself and my customers are happy with the result.
  9. Jim wrote:

    >There has been no real attempt by anyone in the industry to produce a true mulching mower

    Toro produced a dedicated muclcher back in the early 1990s.

    I have one of these decks they are known as a 48" recycler.

    They have a place in the landscape in areas where a side discharge machine would throw clippings onto beds, people, cars, and tombstones.

    But they are too slow to use as a front line mower in periods of heavy growth. They lose too much ground speed for the deck cannot keep up with the amount of clippings.

    This is a fabracated deck not stamped. You can take a whack at it with a 10lb sledge and the deck will not dent.


  10. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    Just thinkin...HmmmDevelop a rider that can quickly interchange between mulch, disharge and bag with an emphasis on not increasing the width of the machine. Making an ultra-vac even more efficient. Walker seems to have the edge in the bagging arena.

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